Denise DeLuca | Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Denise DeLuca

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Director, Master of Arts in Sustainable Design
Chair of MA Sustainable Design
MSCE, Montana State University, LEED-AP
BS, University of Wisconsin
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Denise DeLuca is the Director of MCAD’s Sustainable Design program. She was co-founder of BCI: Biomimicry Creative for Innovation, a network of creative professional change agents driving ecological thinking for radical transformation. DeLuca is author of the book Re-Aligning with Nature: Ecological Thinking for Radical Transformation, which was illustrated by MA alum Stephanie Koehler. She also teaches with the Amani Institute.

Her previous roles include Education Director for the International Living Future Institute, Project Manager for Swedish Biomimetics 3000, and Outreach Director for The Biomimicry Institute.

DeLuca is a licensed civil engineer (PE) and holds a master’s degree in civil and environmental engineering with a focus on modeling landscape-scale surface and ground water interactions. In addition, she is a Biomimicry Fellow of The Biomimicry Institute, Board Member of the International Society of Sustainability Professionals (ISSP), on the editorial board of the Journal of Bionic Engineering, and a researcher with Katerva. DeLuca is based in Oregon.